Golden Gate Trailblazer: Where to Hike, Walk and Bike in San Francisco and Marin (Trailblazer Travel Books)

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A guide for both families and outdoor adventurers-whether first-time visitors or lifelong locals-Trailblazer covers all San Francisco and Marin, with easy-to-follow descriptions for:

  • More than 300 hiking trails to peaks, meadows, creeks, wetlands, beaches, redwood forests, rolling woodlands, lakes, and lagoons.
  • Some 200 bike rides, including coastal and mountain trails. ...
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Overview

A guide for both families and outdoor adventurers-whether first-time visitors or lifelong locals-Trailblazer covers all San Francisco and Marin, with easy-to-follow descriptions for:

  • More than 300 hiking trails to peaks, meadows, creeks, wetlands, beaches, redwood forests, rolling woodlands, lakes, and lagoons.
  • Some 200 bike rides, including coastal and mountain trails. Parkland bike paths, and crosstown routes.
  • Dozens of strolls through cultural and historical attractions, gardens, downtown streets and neighborhoods.
  • Dozens of places to roll the baby stroller and a special Trailblazer Kids section.

THIS SECOND EDITION OF GOLDEN GATE TRAILBLAZER INCLUDES:

  • Seventeen maps and more than 200 photographs.
  • Special sections for dog-friendly trails
  • Contact numbers for all public agencies, visitor services, lodging and locals' restaurants.
  • A Best Of Section that makes your outing decision easy.
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PACIFIC SUN
Hot off the press comes this guide to hikes, walks, bike rides, jogging and kayaking in the Bay Area. Dog lovers will love the list of doggie trails and the Miwok Woodlands chapter is unique.
December 20, 2004
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780967007274
  • Publisher: Diamond Valley Company
  • Publication date: 7/5/2004
  • Series: Trailblazer Travel Books Series , #3
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 938,762
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

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  • Posted November 23, 2011

    A Real Find

    I just recently discovered this guidebook to ALL the trails and cool things to do around here. The coverage of activities is amazing, really unique for San Francisco and Marin. Real handy for short one day outings in the Headlands (favorite), open spaces (covers the hiking in all of them), parks (I never knew there were so many) and of course, The City. High on my list when company comes. If you live in the Bay Area, consider this a necessity. If you like to bike it will open up a whole new world.

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  • Posted August 24, 2010

    Not Just For Tourists

    I've lived in the Bay Area all my life and just discovered this trailguide. It has to be the most extensive resource for Marin and San Francisco. Only so much material could have been put together by locals. I treasure it and now my friends are turning to it too. They have a wonderful slant on introducing all the trails and are so thorough when it comes to writing directions.

    For us it has a double life since we use it when out-of-town friends want to hike or take walks around San Francisco, we amaze ourselves at what smart tour guides we become. Better than all the Frommers or Fodor's guides, this one is put together with soul and real passion for the terrain. They have a unique perspective being raised here. They also write good guides for Hawaii. The Maui and Kauai editions superb.

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  • Posted February 12, 2009

    All Fives

    In every catagory this guide gets a five (deserves ten). We visit San Francisco often, it's about a three hour drive from our home. First off, it's a hiker's dream and shows off so many offpavement jewels. We like the Stinson-Bolinas Coast and Muir Woods-Mt. Tamalpais provides a good workout all year round. We mountain bike their listed trails and put it to good use on the City of San Francisco streets. <BR/><BR/>For first time visitors who want off the beaten track walks as well as well known landmarks like Golden Gate Park, the maps and directions are all inside. We've lent it out so many times it's getting worn so we ordered a new one here at Barnes and Noble. It's a fantastic value.

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  • Posted December 23, 2008

    San Francisco born and raised

    I love this guide and loan it to all my friends who visit. The amount of information inside is daunting. And it's for all levels of walkers. Living here, I can vouch for it's authenticity Everyone who I hand it to loves it and gets a full taste of what's worth seeing.

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  • Posted December 21, 2008

    Awesome Bay Area Trail Resource

    This guide is one of my mainstays, the one I turn to for escapes from the office. The San Francisco Bay Area really delivers if you like to get outdoors. These authors have gone all out to present the established biggies as well as the little Open Space jewels that most tourists don't know about. <BR/><BR/>I use their bike trails and always appreciate the nuggets of California history they bury in the descriptions. The writers have an zestful style of writing that is unique to guidebooks. If you're entertaining out of towners, use this book to wow them and showoff places most tourists don't get to see.

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  • Posted December 3, 2008

    The Golden Gate Trailblazer guide

    Some of the best hikes I've ever been on were introduced to me by this book. The 6x9 size fits right in my pack, no GPS needed because the directions are so precise. The authors have a friendly way of introducing all of San Francisco and Marin's primo hiking and walking areas. Nice package, very good source for bike and jogging trails. Solid 5 star rating.

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  • Posted November 9, 2008

    My hiking gear

    This guide is on the top of my list for outdoor activities around San Francisco where I call home. What I like best are their clear descriptions for trail access. This is important since trails in Marin usually start in some hilly obscure neighborhood. Good directions, a big plus. With it, I've also found some pretty awesome mountain bike trails that most people don't know about. Practical, informative, intelligently written, entertaining, comprehensive - it's all that for a very decent price.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2008

    Things to do around San Francisco

    This guide is a recent discovery of mine. It's a goldmine of things to do concentrating on a balance of hiking, walks and bike rides. I had no idea there were so many established trails in Marin which is a hop and a skip away from my apartment in the city. For a all-around reference guide it beats all the others for breadth and authenticity. Bikers will find this extremely useful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2008

    Relishing California's jewels

    I enjoy visiting San Francisco and find this book to be worthwhile, and actually enjoy the fact that it isn't focused exclusively on the tourist. It has many dayhikes and walks for those of us who live a few hours away. The things I learn from Golden Gate Trailblazer helps me to more fully appreciate the beauty and nuance of my newly adopted California home. I don't feel the need to travel very far anymore, just a walk in the hills of Tiburon with my dog to view the magnificent cityscape satisfies all my desires.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2008

    Best friend on our trip

    Took us to places no other guide had. More hikes than any other guidebook out there. We really liked the trails along the Marin County coast and biking on Angel Island. Alot of meat in this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2008

    a walking vacation in California

    We live in Oregon and drove down the coast to San Francisco. This book was for sale at one of the National Park stores and because the layout was so pure and all the right maps were tied to the trails, it was a snap to follow. There were wonderful paths on Mt. Tamalpais and through the Golden Gate Park all abloom. We passed ours on to a vacationing German couple who wanted to copy many of the trails down. We bought another new copy right here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2008

    San Francisco first visit

    The Golden Gate Trailblazer was a very complete and useful guide for our first trip to San Francisco. The maps and photographs gave us good direction. Our group split up since half of us wanted to take hikes in Muir Woods and Tennessee Valley. No one got lost and we owe all the fun to these authors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2007

    For tourists AND locals

    We found this is the best excursion guide for the Bay Area. We've lived here twenty years and never knew many of the trails existed. The authors are bonafide hikers and know their stuff when it comes to recommending trails. They whet your appetite and have sure gotten us OUT there. Love the entire series. Ecofriendly, pleine-air activity, got our motors running.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2007

    weekend hikers

    This one is the best I found for finding hikes most Bay Area guidebooks miss. New ones keep popping up on the market, but I keep coming back to the Trailblazer for its big list. So far it's given us a huge range of hikes - moutain, coastal, inland lakes and valleys, and we have a whole agenda of trails yet to explore. Some of them we like so much we repeat in various seasons and they seem new again. Recently we bought mountain bikes are trying a whole different way of seeing Marin and San Francisco. A book for the Peninsula to Santa Cruz area could use their touch.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2007

    San Francisco sparkler

    Good guide! We explored much of the San Francisco coastline on foot. There are some wonderful walks listed with views that no other city can provide. The Marin trails were a real bonus. Excellent directions, well indexed, and the maps we needed right inside.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2006

    Out and About - Three San Francisco days

    Reason for visit to San Francisco: the Oracle conference. Downtime we needed to stetch our legs and someone handed me this Golden Gate Trailblazer. Such a practical approach and nice departure from the standard tourist guides out there. Do's and don'ts, handy tips, detailed directions, no wasted time and I used public transportation to get everywhere. I only had time for the city and park walks and regret not being able to explore the Marin countryside. The photos of the trails there looked inviting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2006

    Don't travel to the San Francisco area without it!

    Our favorite. We didn't have a clue where to walk besides across the Golden Gate Bridge and turned to this guide constantly for their ideas. It took us to the redwoods and along the ocean trails for a real good first look at California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2006

    trailblazer series follower

    We've used their Maui and Kaui books on our Hawaiian vacations. This one falls right into the same category of excellence. Both of us grade it an A+ for broad range of hikes and bike rides. It's a breath of fresh air and is a real wake up call to all that surrounds. Makes us realize how fortunate we are to live around here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2005

    Golden Gate Trailblazer: Where to Hike, Walk and Bike in San Francisco and Marin (Trailblazer Travel Books)

    San Francisco is now our favorite city, even better than New York because everything is so clean and the steep streets make the views stellar. We liked walking in the Presidio and along Sacramento Street and Fillmore Street. The Trailblazer was the perfect guide for us and gave us full access to what was going on around the bay just by riding the ferries.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2005

    Golden Gate Trailblazer: Where to Hike, Walk and Bike in San Francisco and Marin (Trailblazer Travel Books)

    We honeymooned in San Francisco. Neither of us had ever there and we wanted to spend our time outdoors. Our good friends raved about this book and passed us their copy that was underlined with various pages bookmarked. What really paid off were the maps and superb photographs. It provided all the information we needed for basecamping in a boutique hotel downtown area and taking lots of sidetrips in the countryside. Everyday we were outdoors, fog or no fog with this book in our pack. We've just bought ourselves a new one for reminiscing. It's a keeper!

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